Occam's Aftershave
Posts: 2737 Joined: Feb. 2006

Quote (stevestory @ May 05 2018,20:12)  Quote (JohnW @ May 05 2018,21:05)  Quote (stevestory @ May 05 2018,10:47)  Quote (JohnW @ May 05 2018,13:30)  Quote (stevestory @ May 05 2018,07:54)  Just for fun I did the math. If you're 5 miles up, and radiate in every direction, 174.4º points toward the earth and 185.6º points toward space. So that would be 51.56% toward space and 48.44% toward earth. Because of the exponentially decreasing concentration of the atmosphere, most of the CO2 is <5 miles up, so the real numbers are both closer to 50% in reality, but it was an amusing exercise. 
Well, yeah, Steve, but that was math math, not Joemath. If your axioms include "there's a largest known number" and "probabilities can be not even zero," who knows? 
"not even zero" would be less than zero. So negative probabilities...
"there's a largest known number"
I virtually never read anything joe wrote until a few months ago, but I heard about this. Did he actually say, and mean that? 
No, he insisted he didn't mean "less than zero." We went around that with him a while ago. I don't have a link, but it's in this thread somewhere  it was quite some time after the original appearance of "not even 0" which is linked in my sig.. What he meant was if he decides a probability is not worth the bother of estimating, then it's not even zero. Yes, I know that's fucking stupid.
And yes, he did go on about there being a largest known number at one point. I suspect he failed to understand a story about the largest known prime number. But this is Joe, so who the hell knows? 
I hope it wasn't the prime thing. I hope he actually thinks there's a largest known number. :p :p :p 
It was over at his shithole blog around 5 years ago (June 2013). Joke was banging on about the search for the Largest Known Number
Quote  Joke: "LKN= Largest Known Number
It was my impression that there was a computer keeping track of such a thing. Perhaps not." 
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 "Science is what got us to the humble place we’re at, and what hardwon progress we might realize comes from science, with ID completely flaccid, religious apologetics bitching from the sidelines."  Eigenstate at UD
